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TNDRs chair sits at the task force meeting of the faculty board

on Tue, 2012-06-05 09:02

Result: PhD representative in Teknats group for submission of comments on abolishing 'utbildningsbidrag': Adrian Bahne, AU, 5/Jun/12

TNDR fika!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 15:15 to 16:15

Long time no fika! Let's change that. There will be something to eat, like ice-cream or cookies, and there will be coffee and tea. See you there!

TNDR participated in IBG-session on "employment in Sweden"

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 16:10 to 16:30
Zootissalen, Evolutionsmuseet

TNDR participated in the afternoon meeting on "employment in Sweden" organised by IBG for their master's degree students.

Master's students are a very important group for TNDR, and as such they should be correctly informed about their rights and obligations as applicants to grad school, and as possible later PhD students themselves.

If you have any questions about grad school at our faculty, feel free to use our Google+ or FB-page, or e-mail the board directly.

The presentation slides from TNDR's talk are now available. [pdf, 3 MB]

Student-union election time

on Tue, 2012-04-17 05:56

I initially intended to write a few lines promoting the Uppsala studentkår (the student-union) election which is currently on-going (vote here, by the way), but after voting myself I could not stop feeling annoyed about the poor design solutions on the voting landing-page and in the voting UI itself. Allow me to explain what I mean by that.

First, the election main landing page, which features a nice bullet-point list describing the voting procedure, lacks an English translation. Considering that 45% of all Ph.D. students at TEKNAT have another native language than Swedish, that's fail number 1...

The same page also features a button that takes the voter to the voting system itself. This button needs to be much larger, and needs to feature an English translation! Since the whole purpose of the landing page is to funnel users into the voting system, this constitutes fail number 2...

Last, once logged-in to the voting system (which is inside a popup-window, why?) the "log-out" button is, for some obscure reason, prominently featured right next to the "continue"-button. I mean, need I say more? Of course people are going to click on the log-out button by mistake, and once the user gets pissed off, it is usually really hard to get them back...

In any case, I do encourage all Ph.D. students to actually vote, irregardless of the peculiarities of the voting pages.

PS. The commenting system on this site is broken, sorry for that. Please use our Facebook page or Twitter feed to voice your comments!

Visa situation of the PhD students in Sweden

on Thu, 2012-04-12 13:58

SIGN THIS PETITION before the upcoming parliamentary debate on the 30th of May, 2012, to send a clear message to the Swedish Government that it is in the best interests of Sweden to provide International Doctoral Candidates with the right to permanent residency at the completion of their degree (after 4 years – like other migrant workers in Sweden).

This motion should be supported not only to provide opportunities for these highly-skilled individuals to contribute to Swedish society after their studies, but to also foster strong relationships with the home nations of these candidates; and further secure Sweden’s reputation as an internationally-supportive place of higher research studies.

Sign here - today: